· Prime Minister Trudeau did not address the media today

· The Government of Canada today announced a policy change to allow visitors to Canada with a valid job offer to apply for a work permit without having to leave the country


Premier Ford began his announcement acknowledging he wants to crack down on human trafficking so no one is harmed by these criminals again
• Premier referenced the Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy launched in March as one way the Ontario government is combating human trafficking, which commits $307 million over the next five years to raise awareness, protect victims and support survivors
• Premier indicated the results have been promising, with police in Toronto and Barrie making notable arrests of criminals involved in human trafficking
• The province is investing $7 million over five years to support human trafficking victims and survivors, which will provide them with meals, accommodation, transportation, dental care and cellphones
• Premier calls on the federal government to do more on bail reform and other areas of the justice system to ensure human trafficking criminals don’t go free on bail


· On Tuesday, August 18 a new COVID-19 testing centre affiliated with Mackenzie Health opened in the City of Vaughan

o The testing centre is located at the Vaughan Community Health Centre at 9401 Jane Street


Below is a summary of the detailed information contained in the Interactive Dashboard – Cases at As of August 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. there are:

3,404 total confirmed cases 12 new cases* since yesterday, 9 confirmed cases in hospital, 4 of which are in Intensive Care387 cases among health care workers, of which 370 cases have resolved*No new fatalities253 total confirmed fatalities 3,030 resolved casesOne institutional outbreak under COVID-19 protocols 0 Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes 1 Community Care Settings 0 Hospital 0 Child Care Centre0 Emergency Housing 73 institutional outbreaks declared over

*Data quality is an ongoing process and may result in the more/less cases reported on a day-over-day basis or other changes to how cases are classified (e.g., municipality, acquisition, etc.). These data quality activities have also resulted in the re-categorization of individuals. Data quality activities do not increase or decrease total case counts.


As of this morning, there are:

More than 23.3 million total cases worldwide (253,963 new) with cases in 216 countries, area or territories; 806,410 related fatalities reported by the World Health Organization (WHO)124,896 total cases (267 new); with 9,073 related fatalities in Canada (2 new); 111,112 resolved in Canada (as of August 24, 10:30 a.m.)

· 41,507 total cases (105 new); with 2,798 related fatalities; 37,673 resolved in Ontario


NO new cases to report.